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Disabled people pay £550 cost of living 'penalty'

A new commission has been launched into why disabled adults pay around £36 billion a year on extra costs due to their disability.

It comes after new research found people pay a "financial penalty" of an average £550 per month when it comes to living costs.

The study from Scope suggests one in ten people with a disability pay £1,000 extra per month.

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Disabled people 'paying more for same lives as others'

Research from Scope found disabled people pay £550 per month extra on living costs each month. Credit: Reuters

Disabled people are "having to pay more than they should just to live the same lives as others", the chair of a new independent commission into living costs says.

City businessman Robin Hindle Fisher, who will lead the new Commission on Extra Costs, says markets aren't working efficiently enough for disabled people.

The commission will seek to find out how to get disabled consumers a better deal on anything from taxi fares and energy bills to wheelchairs.

The extra costs disabled people pay have a direct impact on living standards, prevent many from contributing fully to their local communities, and from doing many of the things most of us take for granted.

– Robin Hindle Fisher

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